Oh yay. We have 2 sides of people here, people who like the phone, and the people who hate it. Here is **my opinion** on it.
Speed - What more do I have to say? A13 on 720p screen. Simply amazing. 9.5/10
Display - But...that’s where the fun ends. A 720p screen with ancient bezels, LCD and 60hz. This is quite bad in 2020 and honestly this is literally an insult. However, the brightness is decent and the ancient bezels are needed to bring back that home button (and Touch ID). Overall, 3.5/10.
Camera - First of all this is a single camera, so no ultra wide, telephoto or depth sensor. Second, wow, this is actually quite good. Good photos with nice dynamic range, however not-so-good photos in the night. But you get THE BEST video at this price point (4K60 with OIS). Camera is 7/10 (no multiple lenses is a bummer) and video is a 9/10.
Battery - Painful. Painful. Painful. In MrWhoseTheBoss’s battery test, it got a measly 4 hours of SoT and in this review, it got a 59hr endurance rating. For comparison, the S10e got 83 hours. The charging speeds aren’t any better - a 5W charger comes in the box. 2/10, only saving grace being wireless charging.
Audio and build quality - These are pretty good- of course, coming from Apple. The audio is great and the device has IP67 water resistance and a very nice build. 8/10
Wrap up - The iPhone SE is a weird device. It’s for a person who:
- wants a compact phone
- wants iOS on a budget
- isn’t super techy.
- wants the best speed at the lowest price
- needs a good camera at the lowest price
If you’re none of these, the iPhone SE is probably not for you. If it is, let’s consider some more options before you swipe that credit card.
- Samsung Galaxy S10e, better screen, way better battery life, an extra ultra wide camera and is still compact. My personal pick if you want a compact phone. Worse video and speed (although they still are pretty good).
- Huawei P40 Lite, better screen WAY WAY better battery life, and 3 more cameras. But - no GMS, which is a big bummer.
- OnePlus 7T, this phone has gone down in price so so much, and is honestly way better than all the other phones right here. Not compact though, so do keep that in mind.
- A bunch of Xiaomi and Realme phones (none of which are compact though).
Overall, the iPhone SE is really a niche option. Good but not amazing. There are better options for compact phones and phones at this price point. But it can still hold its own with its speed, video and audio.
Thanks for reading. If you disagree that’s ok, just reply and we can discuss.
my SE was 3yrs already and still on ios 10.3, but i really dont have a complain of how still smooth it was, it even fall to salty water and camera doesnt change like my android phones, i was planning to buy the 2020 version but i was still dissapointed of the battery,i love how handy it was to my hands.
JDK, 04 Jun 2020who in the 90% of population cares about native file manager?There is one. App called files. When you download file in program api you can save it to files app. From there you have the possibility to share or use any other app to open.
JDK, 27 May 2020You know what? There is no point in arguing in you android fanbois. All you guys do is support... moreBecause you're ignorant at keeping up at both iOS and Android's developments over the years. Simplest example; which iOS version finally had a lol ffs A FILE MANAGER??? That's right iOS 11 (2017)... a good TWO YEARS AFTER Android 6.0 Marshmallow (2015) had its own native file manager.
And don't even get me started on notifications..... even a UI implementation from China called MIUI beat iOS by YEARS.
Apparently without Android, iOS' dev team can't even figure out which core features to bake in.
I think the best small phone now.
But.You need to know that there are a lot of bugs in apple phones.
If you open a lot of pages, play games, net, etc. then the system lags. The bluetooth system is underdeveloped, it connects slowly, and sometimes when you make a phone call, it's not the headset but the phone, in which case you can't hear the other person, but he can hear you.(on I7, Motoz2force - weird but not on S6edge hihi)
My motorola z2 has a super function of the home button, e.g. left-drag-back, right-drag -apps, but here you can't add any features-simple and primitive.
On the other hand, I love it along with its flaws, and it’s not even worth looking for the perfect one in it.
64Gb-450 is the price that beats everything.
Here's the solution for the battery for example:
Can a 61w charger be used to charge Iphone SE 2020 the website has only conducted tests for 18w & 30w
JDK, 27 May 2020You know what? There is no point in arguing in you android fanbois. All you guys do is support... more"And no, 5 years later IOS is far more feature packed then any android software 5 years ago. You know what, let's compare IOS 13 with android 5! IOS is SOOO superior"
Android Master, 27 May 2020Fast charging isn't a problem. Keep your lies about Battety degradation to yourself.
Apple i... moreYou know what? There is no point in arguing in you android fanbois. All you guys do is support random android companies by bashing apple and saying "bla bla bla, no fast chargin g no "ultrawide and telephoto cameras" no good software no flexibility no no no no no" and yet apple is doing better then ever in terms of sales and profit. Seriously, who in the 99% of non techy people actually care about the "latest features of software"? So remember, we need you android fanbois to keep on bashing apple, cause it only helps sales! So keep up the hard work!
And no, 5 years later IOS is far more feature packed then any android software 5 years ago. You know what, let's compare IOS 13 with android 5! IOS is SOOO superior
JDK, 27 May 2020LOL fam you are such a funny android fanboi. Would you rather loose your entire phone's capaci... moreFast charging isn't a problem. Keep your lies about Battety degradation to yourself.
Apple is using inferior fast charging tech.
Don't worry you'll get 65W fast charging on your iPhone in 2025.
Software support? Lol half the year, they keep fixing bugs since they roll out half baked versions of iOS.
And Android from 5 years back can do more things than current iOS.
Software support being better exists only on paper. In the real world, iOS is simply playing catchup with Android.
What good is that software support when you are getting latest features in the tech world 5-6 years late? What good is that software support when your battery and cpu are being slowed down deliberately with each subsequent update?
Jonirob why, 22 May 2020Hello everyone. I know that we all are tech lovers. We can't stop fantasizing about more ram ... moreI agree with everything you say except for they sell to only 15% of the market. I feel like apple is trying to appeal to the majority of people(like 50-90%). It's just that there are people in other countries who can't afford $400+ smartphones, so they have to use $100 smartphones or $50 feature phones to make do.
AndroidMaster, 24 May 2020Well they are known to slow down older phones with subsequent updates.
Battery degradation th... moreLOL fam you are such a funny android fanboi. Would you rather loose your entire phone's capacity and software support in a year(fast charging is the problem) or would you rather get slightly slower performance for sustained battery life and actual software support.
Even you fanboys talk all day about "can't notice a difference in real-world usage" stuff, yet hypocrite yourselfs by talking about apple slowing down their phones for battery life.
Joke of the year from the greediest of firm. That battery life is laughably awful in 2020. Should have at least had 3400 mah. But then again it's Apple and their intelligent audience so it's fine I guess.
MANOJ, 22 May 2020I have 2 SE phone just 3 year completed both phone cannot on . same time new SE launched and o... moreWell they are known to slow down older phones with subsequent updates.
Battery degradation through software and other things.
They are also paying fines for the same.
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AndroidMaster, 21 May 2020No need of proof. Ask any top tech youtuber or ppl in tech community, they'll tell you how Ve... moreI have 2 SE phone just 3 year completed both phone cannot on . same time new SE launched and old model automatically our old phone will start problems it seems they are trying to insist the customers to purchase new phone by cheating way